Mazda cross-over un­leashed

New CX-3 comes packed with fea­tures and loves noth­ing bet­ter than tak­ing on a few bends

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

MAZDA’S award-win­ning CX-3 has ar­rived in South Africa and its maker says driv­ers can look for­ward to de­sign of the finest qual­ity and style thanks to the Kodo — Soul of Mo­tion de­sign lan­guage.

Mazda SA man­ag­ing di­rec­tor David Hughes told Wheels24’s Ja­nine van der Post the CX-3 is “not a CX-5 hy­brid, nor is it a Mazda2 SUV”. “The CX-3 is a new compact SUV that de­liv­ers on the our brand DNA known as ‘Zoom-Zoom’; Jinba-It­tai (fun-driv­ing) and de­fies con­ven­tion with a clean page ap­proach.”

Hughes said that there’s no all­wheel drive version for the CX-3 yet, but “we’ll get there”.

Down Un­der, where the new compact has been on sale for a while, Aus­tralia’s me­dia could not sing the praises enough of the dy­namic per­fo­mance of this fifth model in Mazda’s line-up .

“The prod­uct of Mazda’s lat­est de­sign and tech­nolo­gies, the CX-3 is a ve­hi­cle that can suit the di­verse life­styles of to­day’s cus­tomers in any scene, from in­nercity driv­ing to en­joy­ing the great out­doors — en­abling cus­tomers to ex­press their unique in­di­vid­u­al­ity. We be­lieve the Mazda CX-3 will do well in the Southern Africa mar­ket”, said Hughes.

All mod­els are driven by a twolitre petrol en­gine that makes 115 kW at 6 000 rpm and 204 Nm at a re­spectably low 2 800 rpm. A six-speed man­ual or auto trans­mis­sion sends power to the front wheels.

Driv­ers can choose be­tween three lev­els of cladding, from Ac­tive to Dan­u­mic to In­di­vid­ual.

The en­try-level Ac­tive mod­els of­fer a lot of kit.

Driver en­ter­tain­ment in the Ac­tive is taken care of by a four­s­peaker sound sys­tem with Blue­tooth pair­ing, with the Dy­namic mod­els adding two speak­ers.

Stan­dard fea­tures in both in­clude a an alarm sys­tem, cruise con­trol, a front seat arm­rest, hill launch as­sist, air-con­di­tion­ing, power fold mir­rors and a seat lifter for the driver seat. The Auto mod­els get i-Stop and dy­namic sta­bil­ity con­trol (DSC).

Ex­tra fea­tures in the mid-level Dy­namic mod­els are cli­mate con­trol, front fog lamps, a leather cov­ers on the steer­ing wheel, gear, hand­brake, i-Stop, Mazda con­nect with com­man­der rear park­ing sen­sors, rain sens­ing wipers and a sun­glass holder. The high­est spec model only comes in au­to­matic, and takes the speaker count up to seven with a Bose sound sys­tem, a head-up dis­play, LED head­lights, Sat­Nav, an elec­tric sun­roof, rear cam­era and 18-inch al­loy wheels.

All mod­els are backed up by a three-year un­lim­ited kilo­me­tre fac­tory war­ranty with road­side as­sis­tance, a three-year ser­vice plan and a five-year cor­ro­sion war­ranty.

CX-3 pric­ing 2.0 Ac­tive Man­ual R254 900 Auto 2.0 R270 400

2.0 Dy­namic Man­ual R277 900 Auto 2.0 R288 400

2.0L In­di­vid­ual

Auto R325 900.


South African driv­ers can now test drive the new Mazda CX-3 cross over to find out why it is rated by the Scots in Ed­in­burgh and the Ozzies in Wagga Wagga.

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